Thanks for submitting your work to Barrelhouse!
Before you proceed, a note about open and closed categories. If you don't see the category that fits your work, we're not open for that thing. We keep submission periods pretty short because we're hoping that helps make our response times shorter, as well. The best way to track submission periods is probably to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook or check back later.
Here are some guidelines:
No previously published work.
Please submit only one piece at a time. Except for poetry. You can submit up to five poems. Everybody else — just one!
We pay $50 to each contributor to our print and online issues. Print contributors also receive two contributor copies.
All other contributors are promised free beer, if we ever run into you in the flesh. If you don’t believe us about the free beer, ask around a little bit. We are frequently tipsy and imprudently generous.
We accept simultaneous submissions, on the understanding that you’ll tell us if you place the work elsewhere.
It will probably take us two to three months to get back to you. We try to do that faster, but there are few of us and many of you.
Barrelhouse loves to celebrate books just like you do, so let's do that thing together! We're interested in running reviews of books that fit Our Whole Thing. You read Barrelhouse, so you know what we're about. Let that be your guide. And also, these:
Book Review Guidelines:
- IMPORTANT: Please read the recently-updated, extensive guidelines on the website before submitting.
- Please send us reviews of books other than your own.
- Do not submit work to the Reviews section that is meant for another section.
- Do not submit excerpts or essays based on your own work.
- We prefer reviews that focus on recent (last two years) small press titles—especially debuts—or upcoming titles.
- We are especially keen on books that do not get reviewed in US outlets as often as others—translated works, international releases etc. After all, the joy of discovery is one of the greatest joys of being a reviewer.
- We're interested in full-length or chapbook-length collections of poetry & prose. We'd be open to memoirs, story or essay collections, even academic works. We're most tentative with academic titles—not because we're not open to them—but because they would need to be accessible to the same readership as for any text. For more on this, again—please go through the guidelines on the website. Send us your best—we'll give it a whirl!
- Include publisher, price, pg. #'s and word count on the review.
- Include a link to the publisher's website for purchase. We want to support small presses!
- Include an image of the cover, if possible.
- No self-published titles.
- We are open to non-standard reviewing forms, but as you might expect, only insofar as it doesn't distract from the book in question. Although they serve as commentary on another book, reviews are still a form of writing on their own, and hybrid forms are possible—but difficult to pull off. Again—see our guidelines.
- If you are previously spoken to one of the Reviews Editors—Katherine Coldiron or Kamil Ahsan—please indicate that in your cover letter.
- Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know and withdraw your submission if your work is accepted elsewhere.
- All accepted reviews are subject to editorial suggestions. Obviously.
- We love you but we can't pay for your reviews at this time.
Note: if you are an author or a publisher who wants to put an ARC into our hands, query first for instructions about how to do that.
Send us comics or cover art for our print issues! Simultaneous submissions are totally cool, but please let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Note on content: For comics, we're open to all kinds of work, but prefer content that has a pop-culturey element. We'll gladly accept mixed-media work or photography with a narrative element, but no animation or video, since this is a print submission. For cover art, send illustrations rather than photography. Scroll down for cover art guidelines.
- We're looking for stand-alone pieces, so no on-going strips.
- Please send fully-completed work. No scripts or pitches.
- For initial submission, upload a .jpeg file that's 300 dpi. If it's accepted, we'll ask for 300 dpi or higher (higher is slightly preferred). Make sure images are sent as .png or .jpeg files. They will be printed in greyscale, so we prefer comics already in b&w.
- Since these will be printed, they must be formatted to fit and read well within our parameters of 5x8" (We print at 6x9" with a 1" gutter).
- Page limit is 8 max.
- Important info regarding previous publishing: If you've published your piece on your personal website or social media, that's totally ok. Send it along! However, we are not looking for pieces which have already been published by another lit mag or comics anthology.
- Submissions take a while to read, so expect to wait up to 6 months for a response! (We appreciate your patience!)
Cover Art guidelines
Unlike with the comics, this baby is in full color. Make sure it's 6x9" and high res. Pop-culture references are preferred (though, for the record, politics are not high on the list of accepted cover material). Please do not send in more than one submission at a time. Important info regarding previous publishing: If you've put up your piece on your personal website or social media, that's totally ok. Send it along! However, we are not looking for pieces which have already been published by another lit mag or anthology. Just like with the comics, viewing submissions can take some time--up to 6 months. Thanks for your patience!
Please submit only one story at a time.